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Tolls existed at New York City’s East River crossings until 1911, and reinstating them in some form has long been a topic of conversation.
Now state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) wants to end the discussion — permanently.
A pilot passenger ferry program between Manhattan and the Queens and Brooklyn waterfronts due to end next June instead has been extended five years into 2019.
Mayor Bloomberg made the announcement last Friday, and officials in Western Queens are cheering the decision.
The developers of a proposed apartment complex on land at the Creedmoor Psychiatric Center in Queens Village are preparing for a second hearing before the city’s Board of Standards and Appeals.
The BSA rejected a proposal in September from the Indian Cultural and Community Center that includes two nine-story apartment towers with 143 units.
The owners of a Queens Village shopping center got some help in hedging their bets from Community Board 13 on Monday night.
DERP Associates of Long Island owns the property at the intersection of Hillside and Braddock avenues that serves as home to a Sears hardware and appliance store, an auto parts store and a bank.
When Mayor Bloomberg leaves office at the end of this month, he will do so having a legacy of completely transforming the largest school system in the nation.
Whether that transformation has been positive or negative is a contentious argument that will continue to define the legacy of the city’s longest-serving mayor in nearly half a century.
Howard Beach’s PS 207 may have been the most heavily damaged school in Queens by Hurricane Sandy.
The school, at 159-15 88 St., is in the heart of the heavily residential Rockwood Park section of the neighborhood that was hit hard by Sandy’s storm surge last year.
The Richmond Hill South Civic Association, represented by its president Margaret Finnerty, right, donated toys and clothes to the Richmond Hill-based group the River Fund, which serves people in poverty in New York City with accessing food, shelter and clothing.
Joining Finnerty is Swami Durga Das, the River Fund’s executive director, second from right, and other volunteers from the organization, which runs one of the largest and most visited food pantries in the borough.
Comptroller John Liu may be stepping down at the end of the year, but he’s leaving office with some parting shots at the Bloomberg administration and still has some unfinished business with the City of New York.
Speaking last week with the Queens Chronicle editorial board for the last time as comptroller, Liu, a Flushing resident, blasted the administration for what he and many critics call a bait and switch in the Willets Point redevelopment.
Community Board 6 members gathered on Wednesday in Kew Gardens for their final monthly meeting in 2013. Speaking were City Comptroller John Liu and 112th Precinct Capt. Thomas Conforti, the commanding officer.
Liu, who said he was attending the meeting for the first time in a couple of years, discussed his accomplishments at the end of his four-year term.
Queens is a New York success story that its residents and political representatives should be proud of, state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli said as he presented “An Economic Snapshot of Queens” at Silvercup Studios last Friday.
The borough’s population growth outpaced the city overall, with a 20 percent increase over the past three decades, reaching 2.3 million in 2012. Immigrants hail from over 120 countries and account for 48 percent of the borough’s residents and no single group dominates the most diverse county in the nation, if not the world.
Ann Stephens, second from right, recently was honored with a City Council proclamation for her years of work advocating for cancer prevention and treatment in Southeast Queens.
Eighteen people, including five from Queens, have been charged in connection with an alleged luxury auto theft ring that authorities say has been broken up following an 18-month investigation.
Queens District Attorney Richard Brown and NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly, in a joint statement with state officials, said the ring allegedly stole 48 high-end vehicles with an approximate total value of $2.4 million.
The appointment of former Police Commissioner Bill Bratton back to his old post once Mayor-Elect Bill de Blasio takes office was lauded across Queens and the city.
As commissioner under former Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Bratton drove crime down and instituted the CompStat tracking system that has been a staple of the NYPD ever since. The system is cited as a key reason crime has declined for more than 20 years, as it gives police notice of where crime is happening so they can deploy accordingly.
A doctor who runs a nonprofit medical practice at multiple sites throughout Queens was arrested Thursday for allegedly stealing approximately $373,000 obtained in the form of city, state and federal grants.
Dr. Dorothy Ogundu, who operates Angeldocs Inc., has been indicted on charges including second-degree grand larceny, second-degree forgery, first-degree falsifying business records and first-degree offering a false instrument for filing, according to the office of New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.
This week, Councilman Danny Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) wrote Mayor Bloomberg about the potential closure of the Corona Health Center.
“I am deeply distressed to hear that you are again trying to close the Corona Health Center,” the letter reads. “Your administration has been marked by bold public health measures, so it is perplexing why you would weaken our city’s immunization program during your last days in office. Effective immunization requires total coverage of all of our communities. Considering the nature of communicable diseases, gaps endanger all of us, here in New York and, considering the nature of global travel, everywhere else.”
Perhaps nothing speaks more clearly to Mayor Bloomberg’s impact on the business community in New York better than the 11th-hour passage of the long-awaited Willets Point redevelopment plan.
It’s a great deal for the developers, the Mets’ Sterling Equities and real estate leader The Related Companies. They’re getting 23 acres of taxpayer-owned land for all of $1. They’re also getting more than $40 million in tax breaks, along with other public benefits, such as the new Van Wyck Expressway ramps that will let people access their planned retail and entertainment complex.
It seemed like an appropriate gesture to open the Ageless Summit in Laurelton last Thursday with a moment of silence for the passing of anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela.
Mandela, who passed away on the same day at the age of 95, stood as a symbol for many in Southeast Queens for equal rights and justice. And while the topic of apartheid wasn’t discussed, issues of equality and justice were covered by the two-hour event, which took place at St. Luke’s Church in Laurelton, and was moderated by community activist Tanequa Strong.
The Industrial Development Agency, a branch of the Economic Development Corp., approved a proposal Tuesday that will grant Willets Point developers $43 million in tax breaks to raze the “Valley of Ashes” and put a mega-mall and more in its place.
The $3 billion project, spearheaded by the Queens Development Group, recently bought the 23-acre site near Flushing Meadows Corona Park from the city for a dollar.
Gov. Cuomo’s Moreland Commission to Investigate Public Corruption quoted a recording purported to be embattled City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) last week as it reported preliminary findings on the state of money and influence in New York politics.
“Not about whether or will, it’s about how much, and that’s our politicians in New York, they’re all like that,” Halloran is alleged to have told an undercover investigator. “And they get like that because of the drive that the money does for everything else. You can’t get anything without the f---ing money.”
From a “supportive” mayor to the “nanny” mayor of Queens, Mayor Bloomberg has left business leaders with a range of opinions on his impact on small businesses in the borough.
With 80 percent of the 44,000 businesses in Queens having fewer than 10 employees, according to Rob Mackay of the Queens Economic Development Corp., small businesses make up a significant portion of the Queens economy. Mackay has seen the mayor as someone who’s realized the importance of small businesses for each neighborhood, but as other business owners noted, that was sometimes hard to realize when the “nanny” mayor came into the spotlight.
Queens Borough President Helen Marshall presided over the dedication of “The Forum at Borough Hall,” the $23 million, 11,000-square-foot expansion at Queens’ civic headquarters.
The multi-functional, indoor meeting space was built in the rear courtyard of Borough Hall. It is the first addition to the building since it opened more than 70 years ago and will serve as a location for government hearings, community meetings, cultural performances and other public events.
For the better part of the still young season, the St. John’s men’s basketball team has not looked as impressive on the court as many experts had predicted.
In its first of nine home games at Madison Square Garden on Dec. 7, the Johnnies finally looked like the team that some heralded as one of the nation’s most talented.